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Bob Hoskins 1942 – 2014

Only in a world gone mad would a diminutive, hairy, bald, tubby cockney become one of the world’s greatest film stars, but the 1980s were just that. A topsy turvy world with crazy dreamscapes fuelled by cocaine, champagne and hair gel. That’s not to say Hoskins was there by accident, no, this was earned. He […]

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Industrial Light And Magic: Creating The Impossible

Tom Cruise narrates the below doc on the famous George Lucas owned special effects house, which also features interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau as well as many other producers and actors. The documentary is directed by Leslie Iwerks, the film maker who made The Pixar Story, a look at […]

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Rik Mayall – A Tribute

The word “beloved” is bandied around a lot these days. As such it’s become less of a word and when a word like that is used with such frequency, it tends to lose its meaning. Same goes when someone is described as a “national treasure”. We have had, and still have, a few of them. However in […]

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Furst Among Equals: The Cinematic Spy Novels of Alan Furst

You won’t find Alan Furst’s early contemporary murder mysteries mentioned among his best sellers in the fly leaves of his books. By his own admission, they weren’t very good, and not what he was really interested in doing. One day he then went to look for a historical spy novel to read, and couldn’t find […]

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Trainspotting At #20 – The Poster

Did you know the poster to Danny Boyle’s runaway sophomore success Trainspotting is so iconic, so influential, it is on permanent display at London’s V&A museum? That an exhibition about its creation will take place at the Proud Archivist Gallery, London, in this, the film’s 20th anniversary year? Let’s step back in time and recall […]

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Alex North’s Unused Music Score For 2001 A Space Odyssey

Cinematic history would perhaps have been very different had Stanley Kubrick gone ahead with his original composer Alex North’s score for 2001 A Space Odyssey. Would iconic scenes from his film, such as the shuttle delicately dancing around the spinning wheeled space station to sounds of The Blue Danube, be as memorable when scored to Space Station […]

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Luke Skywalker’s Journey To The Force Awakens

“Who is Luke Skywalker?” That question posed by LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy was the hook that eventually drew J.J. Abrams into the fold, directing the eagerly anticipated rebirth of the Star Wars saga with Star Wars The Force Awakens, set 30-odd years after Luke’s adventures seemingly ended in Return Of The Jedi. Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter on […]

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The Hunger Games – Franchise Tribute

With the final installment in The Hunger Games films, Mockingjay Part 2 out very soon, here is a fan-edit recap of the Jennifer Lawrence series so far, combined with trailer footage for the final film. The tribute is by Anton Volkov for fan site Quarter Quell. Enjoy, and “May the odds be ever in your […]

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Ripley, An Alien 3 / Alien: Resurrection Fan Edit

Here’s another great fan re-edit by @jobwillins (AKA Daniel), the creator of Derelict, the Alien / Prometheus mash-up. Daniel states: After the positive reception to Derelict (my Prometheus/Alien mashup), I decided to take a look at the least-loved of the proper Alien series. Ripley is an editing project that blends Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. I […]

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Retrospective: Back To The Future Video Essay

Here’s another in-depth video retrospective from OliverHarper, this time on possibly the greatest (and funniest) time-travel film ever made, Back To The Future. Great Scott! Keep ’em coming, Oliver!  

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